There was a special The Eighth Age (aka 8th Anniversary Edition) released on October 18, 2005. This edition celebrated Ultima Online's eighth birthday. There was a special code for a in-game gift, advanced character code (trains your abilities for a new character), shard transfer code, 6th character slot (same as 7th Ann Edition), Atlas of Sosaria, and play guide.
All expansions through Mondain's Legacy were included.
Virtue Armor introduced - This set is blessed, and when all 8 pieces are worn all resists are 70 each (physical, fire, cold, poison, energy). Only 2 pieces were available with these gifts. You received the rest while killing creatures on Anti-Virtue Dungeons.
These eight special gifts celebrated for each year UO was around. The special in-game gifts included:
Helm of Spirituality (Virtue Armor) - At the beginning, the adventurer who would become the Avatar defeated the wizard Mondain and shattered the Gem of Immortality, bringing the facets of Britannia into being. To commemorate this event, the artisans of Britannia have begun work on a suit of armor that celebrates the virtues the Avatar stood for. This first piece embodies the virtue of Spirituality, which encompasses all three principles of Truth, Love and Courage.
Gauntlets of Valor (Virtue Armor) - At the beginning, the adventurer who would become the Avatar defeated the wizard Mondain and shattered the Gem of Immortality, bringing the facets of Britannia into being. To commemorate this event, the artisans of Britannia have begun work on a suit of armor that celebrates the virtues the Avatar stood for. This piece embodies the virtue of Valor, which is derived from the principle of Courage.
Dupre's Shield (Blessed, +5 Parrying) - Arguably Sosaria's greatest threat since Mondain was his evil apprentice, Minax. She terrorized the people relentlessly, unleashing unspeakable horrors upon the land. When she conquered Trinsic, Dupre led the people of Sosaria into battle and in the end was able to liberate the city from Minax's cruel embrace. This shield was given to Dupre in honor of his valiant service.
Fountain of Life (Converts bandages into Enhanced bandages) - The discovery of Ilshenar has led to more questions than answers. Many mysteries about this unique land remain unsolved. Scholars believe the previous inhabitants of the land once wielded powerful magic, quite possibly surpassing our own. Although long since departed, a number of mystical remnants of their civilization serve as testaments to their achievements. From this enchanted fountain flow waters from Ilshenar said to possess tremendous healing properties.
Dawn's Music Box (music gears to add music are found a loot) - Once a great man, Lord Blackthorn's body & soul became twisted by the power of Exodus. Seeking total control over Sosaria, he led a fearsome army, cutting down all who opposed him. Sosaria's salvation lay in a simple peasant named Dawn who valiantly opposed the corrupted Lord and led the people of Sosaria to victory. This music box was given to Dawn in gratitude of her achievements.
Ossian Grimoire (Blessed, +10 Necromancy) - Despite being shunned by many as wicked, the practice of Necromancy is inherently neither good nor evil. That said, history has demonstrated its potential to corrupt the unwary. The Ossian Cabal is one such example, and the Ossian Grimoire documents their journey down the path of corruption. Lost for generations, copies of the Grimoire have once again found their way into the hands of mortals. As one of the original Necromancer tomes it is both ancient and powerful. In the wrong hands it can be devastating...
Quiver of Infinity (Blessed, holds 500 arrows) - When the elves resurfaced recently, they brought with them much new lore. Among these was a means of enchanting a quiver such that the archer would never want for arrows. Those items are rare and precious, but there are many examples of quivers enchanted to hold a few more arrows than they ought to...
Tailsman of the Fey (each of 4 total gave one of the following transformations: Squirrel, Ferret with +10 Stealing, Cu Sidhe with auto-heals with bandages, Reptalon with fire breath attack) - With the return of elves to the lands of Sosaria came the return of many fey creatures. These talismans were forged by a master Tokuno craftsman who journeyed to Heartwood and studied at the feet of learned Elvish lore masters. When a ninja equips one of these items, it will permit him to use his Animal Form ability to transform into one of the newly-discovered creatures.
I played this edition on the Lake Austin shard.
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